LEXINGTON, KY (Jan. 8, 2018) – Steven W. Young, agent, paid $485,000 for stakes winner Bellavais to became the new session-topper Monday on the first day of the Keeneland Horses of All Ages Sale. Darby Dan Farm, agent, consigned the 4-year-old Tapit filly, whose second dam is Grade 1 winner Memories of Silver.
Bellavais’ dam is Grade 3 winner La Cloche, by Ghostzapper, who is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Winter Memories. She represents a successful female family for Darby Dan.
“It is kind of sad (to sell her), but we are bound by business disciplines,” John Phillips of Darby Dan said. “We have several in this family and we are going to keep that family going. I’ll never sell a gold mine, but every now and then I will sell a little gold because we have to.
“The price was very good,” he added. “She is small but very correct and has a great heart and is very competitive. If you look into the pedigree, you will find that some of the smaller fillies have produced really well. I regret that I had to sell her, but someone else will do very well with her.”
Young said he purchased Bellavais for an undisclosed client.
“She’s from a family that you have to have a world of respect for – the Darby Dan mares,” Young said about Bellavais. “And there’s such an infrastructure of other horses in that pedigree that are doing well. I thought she would be a good gamble to go ahead and run as a 4-year-old. A lot of that family gets a little better as they get older. She’s a multi-surface stakes horse, and I think she was an obvious pick. She’s going to run again; she’ll run with (trainer) Todd Pletcher.”
Alex and JoAnn Lieblong paid $400,000 for a yearling colt from the first crop of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah who is a half-brother to Grade 2 winners Smooth Air and Overdriven.
“Those American Pharoahs don’t get much better than that,” said Robby Harris, who signed the ticket for the Lieblongs. “I have (looked at the other American Pharoah yearlings) that were here, and we just thought he was the best one for sure. We were getting a little bit out of the comfortable zone (with the price), but he was bullish and you don’t get a chance at those kinds too often.”
Consigned by Pope McLean (Crestwood Farm), agent, the yearling is out of the French Deputy mare Air France.
“We are thrilled with that price,” Crestwood Manager Marc McLean said. “We were thinking something in that range but when you get up to that price range you don’t exactly know. He had a lot of interest (at the barn), but sometimes people think that these kinds of horses are out of their price range so he wasn’t crazy busy. We were getting the right people looking at him.”
Stradivarius, a half-sister to Grade 1 winners Eskendereya and Balmont in foal to Medaglia d’Oro, sold to Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent, for $375,000. Denali Stud, agent for Earle I. Mack, consigned the 5-year-old daughter of Street Cry (IRE) out of the Seattle Slew mare Aldebaran Light.
Majestic Quality, a multiple graded stakes-placed daughter of Quality Road, sold to Shadai Farm of Japan for $350,000. ELiTE consigned the 4-year-old out of the Lost Soldier mare She Nuit All who is from the family of Grade 1 winner Octave. She was cataloged as a racing or broodmare prospect.
Also bringing $350,000 was Charm City Girl, a 7-year-old daughter of Pioneerof the Nile in foal to Union Rags. Consigned by Upson Downs Farm, agent, she was purchased by Larkin Armstrong, agent.
Town & Country Horse Farms purchased Motown Lady, a multiple graded stakes-placed daughter of Uncle Mo, for $340,000. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, the 5-year-old is out of the Vicar mare Binavicar.
“She checked all the boxes for us for the Town & Country breeding program,” Shannon Potter, president of the operation, said. “Hopefully she will make a nice addition to our broodmare band.”
Potter said Motown Lady will be bred this season but no decision has been made about a mate.
Shadai also paid $300,000 for two-time Indiana Horse of the Year and Grade 2 stakes winner Lady Fog Horn, the earner of $824,273. ELiTE also consigned Lady Fog Horn, a 6-year-old daughter of Zavata out of the Northern Spur (IRE) mare Titia.
“She fits the January Sale very well,” ELiTE’s Bradley Weisbord said. “She stood out here well compared to (if we had offered her in) November.”
Bringing $300,000 earlier in the day was multiple stakes winner Happy Mesa, who sold to Winchell Thoroughbreds.
The 4-year-old daughter of Sky Mesa, cataloged as a racing or broodmare prospect, was consigned by Bluewater Sales, agent. She is out of the Broken Vow mare Happy Choice.
“We thought she’d be about $300,000,” Winchell Racing Manager and Farm Manager David Fiske said. “She could run and she was a very pretty mare. We’ll figure (plans for her) out later. We’ve got several stallions we could send her to, so we’ll see what we decide. No decision has been made.”
The January Sale continues through Thursday.